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More on that O2 data-roaming cut

Needless to say, when we learned that O2 was to slash its charges for data-roaming, one of the first organisations we called was the European Commission. After all, they're the ones who've been rattling their sabres - we are merely campaigners.
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Written by David Meyer on

Needless to say, when we learned that O2 was to slash its charges for data-roaming, one of the first organisations we called was the European Commission. After all, they're the ones who've been rattling their sabres - we are merely campaigners.

We wanted to know whether O2 had decided to more than halve those rates just out of the blue, or whether Commissioner Reding's office had been involved. We got a rather apprehensive response that ran along the lines of "looks good, let's see what the others do now".

Belatedly, we got this further reply today: "There are regular meetings between the European Commission and the Telecoms operators. However, on this precise case, the Commission has not discussed with Telefonica/O2 on its announcement to cut data roaming charges."

I wonder what brought on this fit of altruism, then...

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